Health Care

Effective October 1, 2016, Alabama Medicaid is dramatically changing the way in which Medicaid funded health care services are provided.  Rather than paying for services on a fee-for-service basis, services will be provided through Regional Care Organizations.  To learn more, click here:  Medicaid Update Regional Care Organizations

The Alabama Medicaid Agency, which began operations on January 1, 1970, is a state/federal program that pays for medical and long-term care services for low-income pregnant women, children, certain people on Medicare, disabled individuals and nursing home residents. The individuals must meet certain income and other requirements.

The Kaiser Family Foundation has developed a tool that illustrates health insurance premiums and subsidies for people purchasing insurance on their own in new health insurance exchanges (or “Marketplaces”) created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Beginning in October 2013, middle-income people under age 65, who are not eligible for coverage through their employer, Medicaid, or Medicare, can apply for tax credit subsidies available through state-based exchanges.

Additionally, states have the option to expand their Medicaid programs to cover all people making up to 138% of the federal poverty level (which is about $33,000 for a family of four). In states that opt out of expanding Medicaid, some people making below this amount will still be eligible for Medicaid, some will be eligible for subsidized coverage through Marketplaces, and others will not be eligible for subsidies.

With this calculator, you can enter different income levels, ages, and family sizes to get an estimate of your eligibility for subsidies and how much you could spend on health insurance. As premiums and eligibility requirements may vary, contact your state’s Medicaid office or exchange with enrollment questions.

http://familyvoicesal.org/ : The resource link has a Healthcare Notebook that helps both individuals with disabilities & their health care providers. It is a great tool that has been provided to some clinics at Children’s.  The mission of Family Voices of Alabama (FV of AL) aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with disabilities.  Through our national network, we provide families tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.
The Vision of Family Voices of Alabama is that every child and youth with a disability receives family-centered care.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):  Are you or someone you know living with a mental illness?  NAMI can help!  Their website is full of resources and support groups for you or your loved one.

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